Grand Dog candidate: Kaia |

Grand Dog candidate: Kaia

Kaia, Grand Dog candidate.
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Grand Dog is a collaborative fundraiser for Advocates for a Violence-Free Community and Grand County Pet Pals to raise awareness that violence affects everyone in the home- adults, children, and pets. Every week we will be highlighting a different “candidate”. To see all of the candidates and vote for your favorite, please visit

My name is Kaia or Special K. I ran away from an abusive family and found myself trapped in a scary shelter in Kansas where they kept me outside in the winter. With the help of Mountain Pet Rescue, I made my way to CO to be with my Mom and Dad. They didn’t care what I had been through; they just wanted to love me. It took a while to trust they weren’t going to leave me. I was very depressed at first and it worried them so they took turns sleeping on the couch with me every night until I felt better.

Not long into my journey with them they took me out for a long walk with my new little sister Turtle and fed me the best treats AND let me off the leash. They looked worried but I don’t know why, I loved them immediately and if they promised to keep me I promised to never leave their side, and I never have. I protect them all the time especially when they are in the woods, which is where they seem to be a lot! I love it! Sometimes I still worry when they leave the house without me, but I fight that anxiety by helping myself to eating random things on the kitchen counter, oven mitts are the best!

I love my little sister Turtle. Turtle is a four pound “mini-me” but I let her pretend she is the boss. She steals my bed, chewies, toys and loves to sit on me but I don’t mind, I love her anyway. I love lots of other things too, like nose-diving in the snow, camping, protecting camp, sleeping in holes I’ve dug, floppy-pawed playing, cuddling on the bed, making sad eyes for cookies, trying to be friends with the cat and chasing chippys.

I am so lucky for my family and sure know how scary it can be to live with violence. Nobody deserves to be abused no matter if they are human, furry, feathery, slimy, slippery, or leathery. If elected Grand Dog I vow to do my best to raise awareness about the connection between domestic violence and animal abuse and fight for the fact that everyone deserves a safe and loving home. With just a $1 a vote you can all help me to do this! So please vote Kaia for Grand Dog at

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